Our leadership is comprised of spiritual care professionals, physicians, and community leaders who support the mission and vision of Ziyara Muslim Spiritual Care. The team is supported by an advisory board which provides guidance as well as promotes Ziyara’s mission and vision.
Founding Board Members: The board members meet once a year and oversee the sustainability of Ziyara and its governance, as well as make sure Ziyara has adequate resources to advance its mission.
- Aimee Abu-Shamsieh, MD
- Muhammad Ashraf, MD
- Ihab Elzaanoun
- Lulu Rocka
- Mohammad Rocka
Executive Board (Alphabetical Order): Members meet monthly and communicate on a regular basis to implement the programs of Ziyara. Officers lead its committees including the president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer.
- Kamal Abu-Shamsieh (President), Relief Chaplain – Stanford Hospital
- Sakinah Alhabshi, Ziyara Coordinator – Malaysia
- Sondos Kholaqi, Chaplain – Hoag Hospital
- Sharif Rosen, Chaplain – Williams College
- Taqwa Surapati, Cancer Chaplain – Stanford Hospital
Kamal Abu-Shamsieh: (President)
Kamal completed chaplaincy 4 units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) and residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics and CPE of Central CA. He is the founder of Ziyara, and leads local, national, and international seminars to train spiritual care providers in various Muslim countries. For more information, email shamsieh@Ziyara.org or call (559) 244-9360.
Ph.D. Candidate / Practical Theology, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley
MA, Islamic Studies / Christian – Muslim Relations, Hartford Seminary
Graduate Certificate, Islamic Chaplaincy, Hartford Seminary
Certificate, Essentials Palliative Care Chaplaincy, Institute for Palliative Care
Ecclesiastical Endorsement: Islamic Society of North America
Sakinah was born and raised in Malaysia. She spent ten years in the oil & gas industry, with experience in project management, international relations, communication and corporate social responsibility. Since then, she has ventured into the education and health field – currently serving her community through coaching, counselling, as well as volunteering in hospices and disaster relief missions.
Candidate, 2019 CPE Residency Program, Stanford Hospital, CA, USA
Advanced Diploma in Islamic Studies, Arees University, Malaysia
Certificate in Leadership, GE Oil & Gas University, Florence, Italy
B.S. Environmental Engineering, Northwestern University, IL, USA
Chaplain Sondos Kholaqi
Sondos works at Hoag Hospital as the program’s first Muslim chaplain taking care of patients of all faiths but focusing on Muslim patient care. She currently serves at Hoag Irvine as a staff chaplain and as an educator on Muslim spiritual care matters. Sondos previously served as President of the Board of Directors at the Islamic Center of Irvine (ICOI).
Master of Divinity Student, Islamic Chaplaincy at the Claremont School of Theology/Bayan Claremont
Regents Scholar, UCLA – Bachelor of Arts in English and Creative Writing
Clinical Pastoral Education (5 Units) Hoag Hospital
Chaplain Sharif Rosen
Sharif serves as the Muslim Chaplain at Williams College, a distinguished liberal arts college in the Northeastern United States, as well as Chaplain Intern at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He is the Vice President for Healthcare Chaplains with the Association of Muslim Chaplains, and the Co-President of the Association of Campus Muslim Chaplains. He is a contributing writer and question respondent with SeekersHub, an influential online Islamic learning platform. Ch. Sharif embraced Islam in 2002 and comes from a multi-cultural, ideologically diverse background.
MA Student, Islamic Studies – Hartford Seminary
Clinical Pastoral Education – Currently completing his 2nd unit
Formative Islamic Studies, Amman, Jordan
Taqwa works as Cancer Care Chaplain at Stanford Hospital. For a decade, Taqwa served as a Spiritual Care volunteer at Stanford and other local hospitals in the San Jose area. Her interests include oncology chaplaincy, how people of different faiths view end-of-life situations and advance health care planning. Taqwa came to the US in 1998 from Jakarta, Indonesia where she and her family established a home in the Bay Area.
Graduate Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy – Hartford Seminary
MA Student, Islamic Studies, Graduate Theological Union
Clinical Pastoral Education (4 Units), Stanford Hospital